Wednesday 31 May 2023
Wednesday 24 May 2023
White-headed Stilts (Himantopus leucocephalus) are a regular sight at Werribee - but I never mind seeing such an elegant bird. They are described in one of the field guides here as having 'absurdly' long legs - and while I take the point, I would say that 'remarkably' would have been a better word to use.
This individual is an immature bird, and has yet to fully develop the black colouration in the back of its neck.
Unfortunately, this bird seemed to have some fishing line trailing from its legs, along I cant see it in the pictures taken later in the sequence. Hopefully is rapid movements in this pool untangled the line from its leg. (I fish myself, and the amount of line I collect from the bank is depressing really)
Anyway, this is a gorgeous bird and the light and reflections were pretty good.
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Wednesday 17 May 2023
Back at Werribee for this week's WBW.
The Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) is a common and widespread Australian bird of prey, occurring over all of the continent. It is a little larger than a Peregrine Falcon, but does not share its worldwide distribution.
These pictures are of the same bird sitting on two different locations on a fence at the Western Treatment Plant. I waited for the bird to hunt and return to its post, but it did not oblige - although it did rid itself of its last meal!
These picture show the 'double teardrop' that encloses a pale cheek patch, which is diagnostic of this bird.
Wednesday 10 May 2023
Sunday 7 May 2023
Launceston is a city in Northern Tasmania, and is the second largest town in the island state. I took a brief wander around, and as ever I found myself taking pictures of buildings, small details and statues.
I think its a nice place, although I have only ever spent single nights there on the way to, or back, from somewhere else.
The statue is of Ronald Campbell Gunn, a botanist.
Wednesday 3 May 2023
The Tasmanian Native Hen (Tribonyx mortierii) is an endemic flightless rail, only found in (would you believe it) Tasmania!
They are pretty common over about 3/4 of Tassie, and in fact the road from Hobart Airport into the city is a reliable place to find them. I suspect this makes them one of the easier endemics to find anywhere in the world. (I suppose the hardest bit is getting to Tasmania in the first place!)
These birds are constantly alert, and sound a sound honking call when alarmed. They also run very fast. At one point in my recent Tassie trip I had a family (?) of four the dashed down the middle of the road in front of my car for at least 200m before they worked out that a left turn would be a good idea.
The local name for this bird is Turbo Chook, or just Chooks and they do rather behave like chickens.
These are pictures from a number of locations around Tasmania.
As you may be able to see in the 3rd picture, their tail has a very 'up and down' structure rather than a 'left to right' build. This tail is always in motion.
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